Anthony Yarde vs Sergey Kovalev fight confirmed for August 24 in Russia


Anthony Yarde will challenge Sergey Kovalev for his world light-heavyweight title on August 24 in Russia.

The Briton has won all 18 of his fights – and 17 by KO – but faces a huge step up in Kovalev’s home town.

The Russian Boxing Federation announced the fight will take place at Traktor Sports Palace in of Chelyabinsk.

Purse bids for the fight were postponed three times before a deal was finally struck.

And Yarde is confident he can upset the odds.

“I have been doing my apprenticeship as a boxer in public because things have escalated for me so quickly. But I guess if you keep knocking people out then it is going to get attention very quickly,” he told the Evening Standard.

Anthony Yarde will challenge Sergey Kovalev

“Every year as a professional I have been further ahead than I planned.

“Now I feel as if I have the beating of all the world champions out there and if I get the Kovalev fight, I won’t be fazed.

“It is a difficult juggling act when you knock people out so regularly because you also want to get experience in the ring. But that is what the people want to see and if it is there for the taking, you have to go for it.

“It has meant growing up as a fighter under a lot of but that’s the way it is and I’m happy to deal with that. I know that I am ready.”





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